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Hildegard of Bingen

Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), who was later canonised, experienced visions of Christ in her childhood and entered the Disibodenberg convent of the Benedictine nuns at an early age. She was very versatile and was active as an artist, scientist, mystic, healer and poet. Around 1150, she had the Rupertsberg monastery near Bingen built at the mouth of the Nahe into the Rhine and settled there with 18 nuns. It was destroyed in 1632 during the Thirty Years' War. Today's single vineyards Abtei Rupertsberg, Hildegardisbrünnchen and Klosterberg in the district of Bingen-Bingersbrück in the Nahe wine-growing region are reminders of this. In 1165, she founded Eibingen on the other side of the Rhine above Rüdesheim as the second monastery still in existence. Hildegard sent nuns from Ruppertsberg there and directed both monasteries. According to the old tradition of the Benedictine Order, the nuns also cultivated vines.

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